China has 9 of the world’s 20 biggest tech companies

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China is nearly even with the U.S. when it comes to who’s home to the most giant tech companies.

It’s got nine of the world’s top 20 tech giants, while the U.S. has got the other 11, according to this chart from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner Mary Meeker’s annual report on internet trends....

image Kleiner Perkins The five biggest tech companies in the world today, based on market value, are Apple AAPL, -0.34%[1] Amazon AMZN, +0.29%[2] Microsoft MSFT, -0.11%[3] , Alphabet GOOG, +1.61%[4]   and Facebook FB, +2.19%[5] But coming in at No. 6 is China’s Alibaba BABA, +0.02%[6] followed by Tencent TCEHY, +0.39%[7] Other Chinese companies to make the list of 20 biggest tech companies are Chinese search-engine giant Baidu BIDU, +0.38%[8]   and smartphone giant Xiaomi. Xiaomi filed for an IPO in Hong Kong last month[9] in what is expected to be the world’s biggest initial public offering this year. The Chinese smartphone maker is targeting a valuation of between $70 billion and $80 billion[10], according to people familiar with the matter. Related read: How investors’ misunderstanding of China causes them to miss out[11] Also see: The scary reason why you should invest more in Chinese stocks[12] So what’s fueling the growth in Chinese tech companies? Meeker points to robust entertainment and retail innovation paving the way. image China’s gross domestic product growth is increasingly being driven by domestic consumption, which made up just 35% of GDP

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